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Terror after 100ft tree crashes onto house in Southampton
9:58am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
A WOMAN has spoken of the terrifying moment a 100ft tree crashed down on to her home.
Rita Butcher told how there was a sound like thunder and then a crash as the redwood was blown over on to her house in Redwood Way, Southampton.
Luckily the redwood’s fall was broken by two other trees so only superficial damage was caused to the property, as reported earlier.
But experts say the road is likely to remain closed for at least two days while the clear-up operation continues.
Rita, 63, had been watching television alongside her cat Emily, completely unaware of the drama that was about to envelop the quiet residential street. She said: “I heard something which sounded like thunder, and then there was a crash. It was quite a shock, it frightened me.”
After hiding under her bed, she went outside to see what had happened.
She saw the giant tree had snapped almost completely in two, although two smaller trees next to her house had spared her home from the full force of its fall.
She added: “I think I had a lucky escape, really.”
Heather Gynane lives in the house immediately next to the tree.
She said: “I was in the living room with my mother, who is in her 90s, and I heard a few bangs.
“At first I thought it was a few dustbins. But then Mum said, ‘run for your life’ and we ran across the other side of the house.”
An investigation has been launched into why the tree came down around 5pm yesterday. Last night residents said it had been seriously affected by rot.
Fire crews worked into the night to clear debris from the scene and check that no major structural damage had been caused to the house.
Station manager Ben Smith, who attended the scene with his crew from St Mary’s fire station, said: “There was minor structural damage to the house. Obviously there’s a lot of debris, and there was some superficial damage to the roof too.”